Gee, why didn't they believe him?

Author:Gilmore
Position:BACK BLAST & OTHER HOT GASES
 
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Even the police admitted his identification was valid, so what was the problem? After waiting patiently in line for a teller at the Jacksonville Bank of America, Jeff Waters presented a check made out to CASH. He generously offered to spare them the hassle of printing a cashier's check or opening a savings account--he would just take the whole sum in cash, please. The check was made out for $368,000,000,000.00 - 368 billion dollars. Then he seemed genuinely surprised when bank officials told him, "Umm ... NO."

Well, gotta admit, there were a few problems with the check. It was issued in the '90s by the U.S. Bank of Idaho, on a long-defunct account. Waters explained that a homeless gentleman named Tito Watts sold him the check for $100 cash, and said Waters could write it for any amount he wanted, no problem. Rather than go for some measly sum like a million dollars, Waters figured, "go big or go home," and besides, he had big plans. He told the banker--and later the police --that he planned to build an 80 million-square-foot...

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